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    September 8, 2010
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>> reporter: he met the media still definely defending his planned koran burning this saturday. >> we are not convince that had backing down is the right thing. >> reporter: this is outrage over his plan reached boiling points among muslims worldwide. jakarta, indonesia, back in gainesville, many have been dubbed at the world outreach congregation now carry a gun. sfwh the amount of death threats we've received, we're taking every precaution. >> reporter: while the planned protest picked up a defender in michael bloomberg. but only from a legal standpoint. >> the u.s. constitution says you have a right to do that. period. end of story. the government can't stop you from burning a book. i said i thought it was distasteful, disrespectful and outraged, that it jeopardizes this country and our troops but the constitution protects it.
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>> reporter: not even the white house has been able to convince zwroenz drop his plans, to burn copies of the koran this saturday, the ninth anniversary of 9/11. >> as of this time, we have no intention of canceling. >> i am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful disgraceful act. that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: even gainesville city officials are looking for a way to stop it but so far, no luck. nbc news. today vatican also condemned the plan to burn the koran. general david petraeus is warning against burning the koran. he is commander of u.s. and nato forces of afghanistan. he said if the koran burning does take place, images of the event will be used by extremist
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in afghanistan and around the world to inflame public opinion and incite violence. and an afghan cleric has a warning for americans everywhere. >> translator: if this happens, the first and most important reaction afterwards will be that wherever americans are seen, they will be killed. no matter where they will be in the world, they will be killed. >> nato has agreed with the warning from general petraeus saying, fwurburning the koran w jeopardize the safety of u.s. troops. in our area, fairfax county police are going door to door warning neighbors and searching for clues following a sexual assault that happened at 4:30 this morning. it was near la vista drive and franconia road in the franconia area. a 23-year-old woman was assaulted while waiting at a neighborhood bus stop. >> we do believe at this point the attack was random. a woman standing at the bus stop waiting for the bus and someone
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approached her from behind and began to assault her. >> a man who was jogging by saw the woman and called police. she is being read the at the hospital when the suspect ran off and is still on the loose. religious displays on the grounds of the loudoun county courthouse will not be banned. the board of supervisors voted tie upheld to policy allowing unattended displays at the county courthouse. the display follows months of impassioned debate from people on both sides. dozens attended a public hearing on the issue last month. the board voted 8-1 to allow the displays today, saying the public has a right to free speech. and the displays are part of that right. today the virginia governor plans toim pose a 2.5% tax on bars and restaurants to replace revenue virginia gets now from its abc stores. there will also be additional fees to wholesalers. the proposal triples the number of establishments that sell
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liquor in the state to 1,000. licenses would go to the highest bidders. mcdonald's says the minimum bids ensure the state would receive $458 million up front to devote to transportation. licenses could be auctioned in a year and new stories could start to stock their shelves by next september. bp has released its report on what it believes has led to the deadly explosion. bp has taken responsibility about it said that no single company or worker is to blame. j jay zbra in lienew orleans. >> reporter: they've been dispersioning recovery funds. now it fathers company is spreading the blame for the deepwater horizon tragedy. >> there was no single acor inaction that caused the
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accident. >> reporter: an internal investigation released today cites eight key failures that led to the explosion and collapse of the well. most of those, according to that report, the responsibility of the rig operator, trans ocean, or halliburton. the company that cemented the well. the bp analysis continues to defend the well design and use of fewer centralizers, six instead of the seven recommend. plus replacing the heavy drilling mud with water. all moves congressional leaders have labeled as cost saving measures that led to the disaster. a written response from transocean touches on those factors and call the bp investigation a self-serving report that attempts could conceal the factor, bp's fatally flawed well design. there has been no immediate response from halliburton. the report does acknowledge that bp personnel on the rig accepted
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faulty well integrity tests and failed to recognize increasing pressure and an influx of hydro carbons in the riser until it was too late. the most important investigation into the incident is still ongoing. federal agents are examining the failed blowout preventer recently pull from the floor of the gulf as the justice department looks into fines and possible criminal charges in the case. of course it will be a while before that investigation is finished. we also now know it will be some time before the well is officially killed. the incident commander thad allen said that procedure has been ateredand won't begin for at least a couple of week. jay gray, nbc news. new orleans. >> the report also includes two dozen suggestions for preventing another incident like this in the future. we do have a link on our website. nbcwashington.com/searchbp. a brush fire slowed traffic on interstate 95 this afternoon
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not long after the national weather service issued red flag warning for the day. the firefighters were call to the prince william, stafford county line where there were reports of a brush fire. the windy dry conditions fanned the flame which caused the choir to quickly spread. police shut down part of the northbound lanes of i-95 to allow firefighters to do their thing. they doused the blaze around 2:30 this afternoon. there were no reports of injuries. and it is dry all over a beautiful day. a nice breeze. it's lovely out there. we could use some rain. meteorologist doug kammerer is with us from the storm center with our fast forecast and the prospects of any rain. >> there is some rain in the forecast but not immediate little. it is in the four-day. right now, another very hot day today but a very dry day. temperatures, 95 right now. look at the heat index. only around 90. that's the way it actually feels. why is that? look at the humidity. it is 13%.
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you've heard the term. this is a dry heat. well, it is exactly what we're dealing with today as the temperatures continue to soar. here is that red flag warning. you can see it on live digital doppler. that includes the district, that includes baltimore toward the culpepper area. all of those counties under the red flag warning and breezy conditions, right on through 7:00 tonight. that's when it will last. as far as what we're going to see temperaturewise, 95 right now in washington. 92 in sterling. 99 in culpepper. another very hot day because frontal bound 50 making its way through region. that will bring in much cooler air over the next 24 hours and you'll feel it. 77 by 9:00. 70 by 11:00. when you wake up tomorrow and head out the door, 62 degrees at 7:00 a.m. wait until you see the forecast i have in store for you. and you're going to love it. >> all right, thanks. when news4 at 4:00 continues, water woes in texas where floods have forced several
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rescues. firefighters call back to the neighborhood where wind whipped fires and damaged several homes. and why did joran van der sloot confess to killing natalee holloway? ♪ i thought it was over here... ♪ [car horn honks] our outback always gets us there... ... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back. ♪
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some scary moments for a woman in texas after her car got stuck on a highway in san antonio. crews had to perform an emergency rescue using a ladder to pull her to safety. she was pulled out of her sun roof and was placed on dry land using a crane. she was not injured. flooding from tropical storm her-kept crews busy. crews found her body in a submerged car. officials were also trying to account for a number of residents whose homes were swept away by floodwaters in central texas. the storm dumped several inches of rain overnight across the state. officials say some areas got the most rain they've gotten in 70 years. and firefighters battled another fire in detroit. it is not known if it was from the hot spots after yesterday's string of fires. yesterday they put out nearly 85 fires. the flames fanned by high winds
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up to 50 miles an hour. jumped from house to house in some neighborhoods. the high winds also knocked down 140 power lines causing major outages. no injuries were reported. in colorado, officials are looking for eight people as more than 300 firefighters tried to contain that wildfire. it not clear if the eight were in some of the 53 homes that have been destroyed. it broke out monday morning in boulder county and it has been burning out of control ever since. fire officials say they are dealing with downed power lines as well. debris, poison ivy, rattle snakes, propane tanks. the cause of this fire is still under investigation. back here in our area, the tools are being hauled out to build something new. mayor adrian fenty kick off construction of a new playground at the recollect vague center in northwest today. he was surrendered by kids from
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the community as well as ward four councilmember bowser and other leaders. fenty broke ground on a new dog park last month and it is now a wednesday. day two as we come back from our summer vacation. how are the cars moving? >> right now we've got more volume than we did yesterday and things were only getting worse out there. let's look at the roadways. this is the pace on 270. starting you off on gm, those delays will take you toward i-70 in frederick. elsewhere as we take a look at the beltway, that's painful to look at on the inner loop of the beltway. those delays begin right out of tyson's and will last for the better portion of your trip toward college park. here's the the pace past connecticut avenue. a couple of disableds on the shoulder and a fellow who wants to hit some other vehicles there. that was close. as we travel out of virginia, 95 doesn't look too bad right here. and for most of your trip headed
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through wood bridge, you're in the clear for 95 south. it was northbound drivers that still had a little volume and you would have found that as you made your approach toward 610 and then tapering off by the quantico area. but starting you off with great news, they are wide open. free and clear from springfield. back to you. >> thanks, ashley. today we're hearing from a report here conducted a lengthy jail house interview with joran van der sloot in peru. the murder suspect told the dutch reporter, he felt s and guilty for all the tales he told about the unsolved murder in aruba. the reporter told meredith viera that he confessed to extorting money from holloway's family in retaliation for what he
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anti-war protesters are winning the battle with tony blair. he canceled a book signing he was holding to promote his memoirs because campaigners against the wars in afghanistan and iraq were planning to demonstrate outside. >> reporter: for the second time this week tony blair has had to cancel an event after an ann war group threatened protests. it will have to be rescheduled. blair's book stirred up similar controversy in dublin, ireland over the weekend when protesters hurled shoes, eggs and bottles
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at a book signing. one disgruntled woman even tried to make a citizen's arrest. the autobiography traces blair's life and in one section, focuses heavily on the justification for going to war in iraq. >> it's not quite so surprising. tony blair said all along he believes he was right to go to war. >> reporter: it has stirred up strong emotions in this country where the large majority did not support the war. the group behind the planned protest, the stop the war coalition, was the same organization that planned a million strong protest in the build-up to the war. the anger has done wonders for sales. it is flying off the shelves. number one in amazon in the u.k. and in the top 20 in the u.s. nothing like a little controversy to stir up interest. nbc news, london. coming up on news4 this afternoon, a vacationing couple captures the scene at a las vegas hotel as a lion takes a bite out of its trainer. >> and a popular restaurant
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today you might notice we're canning. we're making jam. it is peak fruit scheens mean that now is the time to preserve the fruit to have later in the winter. and canning is actually a lot easier than you might think. so here in my amazing copper pot, i have nectarines, sugar and a little lemon juice which i've cooked down for about 25, 30 minutes until it gets to the consistency where it will gel. and then basically i'm going to put it in the jar. i'm going to put these lids on the jars and now i've put them here in my canner and i'm going to bring the water to a boil. and then they'll process for about five minutes and then we'll take them out. you know when it is sealed because the top of the lid
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popped down. if you're around when it happens, you'll hear that little ping and then we'll have jam and i can eat it all winter long. this is quick bites. >> for more on food in washington, go to washingtonpost.com/food. you can get good ideas and restaurants in town on our website. a popular website for discounts is now available in washington, d.c. villagevines.com. it sends registered users a daily e-mail. users pay $10 to make a reservation and secure a discount of about 30%. the best part you is don't need to show a coupon. it is discreetly added to the bill. you can get more information by going to nbcwashington.com and search vines. >> a great day to order your food and head for the great
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outdoors. >> how is it put on discreetly? >> you don't want to be saying here's my coupon. take 30% off my meal. >> take it off everybody's meal. if you let everybody know, everybody gets 30%. >> if they go on the website, then they will. that's the whole point. >> if i get 30% off -- where do you guys want to go. keep thinking about that. what time is it? >> it is a very nice day. men of sunshine across the area. and i'll tell you what, temperatures today, i've got to be honest. got a lot hotter than i thought they would. i thought we would be in the upper 80s today to around the 90-degree mark but we were well above that with a temperature of 95. that's where we're sitting right now. it was those northwest winds. a little downslope. winds at 17 miles an hour but gusts upwards of 20 to 30 miles per hour. the humidity only around 13%.
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a very dry heat. 95 in sterling, 94 in la plata. everybody is seeing the heat. without the humidity it does not feel all that bad. here's the frontal boundary making its way through the region. behind it, much drier air and much cooler air as well. that will be the difference that you feel. 95 in d.c. look at pittsburgh. only 73 degrees right there with men of sunshine. those 70s will be inching down into our area as that frontal boundary moves to the south and east. high pressure, plenty of sunshine tomorrow. remaining on the cool side tomorrow. temperatures tomorrow will be 15 to 20 degrees cooler than where they were today. same thing on friday. high pressure still over the area. we'll still feel quite cool. your temperatures this evening, a few clouds, warm and breezy. sunset around 78. as we move through the morning tomorrow, looking okay tomorrow morning but you may need the light jacket. the suburbs will be around the 52-degree mark. 61 in the city.
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a little on the breezy side during the entire day tomorrow. winds out of the west and northwest at about 15 to 20 miles an hour. the temperatures getting between 75 and 78 degrees. as we move on during the next couple days, a high of 76 on friday. that's with men of sunshine. a great day on friday. feeling like fall. 80 on your saturday and then the rain that we need is coming in during day on sunday. i don't think it will be a ton of rain but at least it will give us enough to wet the lawns we've been needing. >> to settle the dust. still to come, a leading consumer group offers its best bet when buying booster seats and a warning about installing them improperly. >> why are couples wh look inside a more than
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welcome back to news4 at 4:00. i'm pat lawson muse. >> and i'm wendy rieger. a pastor who plans to burn the koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attack said he is going through with it. secretary of state hillary clinton called the plan disgraceful and urged the media not to cover it. fairfax county police are going door to door searching for clues after a man sexually assaulted on woman who was waiting in a bus stop early this morning. it happened near la vista drive in franconia road. the woman was hospitalized. the suspect is still on the loose. bp released its internal report on what went wrong with its blown out yooil well. there won't be a ban on religious displays on the grounds of the loudoun county courthouse. today county board of supervisors voted 8-1.
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the supervisors say the public has a right to free each and that the displays are a part of exercising that right. there is an safety alert for anyone who drives small children in their car. it involves the booster seat. there is a problem. >> what it is is a new evaluation by the insurance of highway safety about how good of a job those booster seats do when your child or a child you know is in these booster seats. the bottom line is that the majority don't do a good enough job. boosters are supposed to lift a child up so the shoulder belts fit across the thighs. if they don't fit well, the injuries can be serious. it is a crash test design for children too big for car seats but not too big for booster seats. at 35 miles per hour, the unrestrained did you meanries catapulted into the dashboard and windshield. the injuries potentially life threatening. nationwide in 2008, 700 children
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under the age of 12 were kill in car accidents. 38% of them were not properly restrained. safety experts say for nearly all kids under the age of 8 and many kids older than that, seatbelts aren't enough. booster seats are critical to lifting kids up, strapped in, and keeping them safe. >> safety belts are designed for adults. not children. the danger with adult seatbelts is that if the belt is riding over the abdomen or the tummy of the child, that's the soft part of the body that's vulnerable to injury. >> reporter: but the insurance institute for highway safety said most booster seats don't consistently fit well in all vehicles. they list 21 of the seats as best buys. seven more seats are listed as good bets. 36 boosters might work for some kids in some cars, but not all. and 8 seats are not recommended, including two models by eddie bauer, three from eechbflo, two
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from safety first and one from harmony. here an example of a booster seat that doesn't fit well. the lap belt is coming across the timy and the shoulder step is across the neck. sooner or later, he puts the shoulder strap under his or her arm. properly fitting booster seats can reduce the injury by 45%. and many parents are surprised at how long children should stay in a booster. >> what we tell people is that 4'9" is the imagine number. you want your children to be 4'9". if you look, that's pretty tall. so you want your kids coming up to your shoulder. what is most important is not the age but the fit. most children do not fit properly in a seatbelt without a booster seat until they're at least 4'9". >> 4' 9 and about 80 pounds. it is important to use the guidelines yourself even if you travel state to state. the company the makes the eddie
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becauser and the safety first seats, they say it meets or exceeds the government safety standards. but the government safety standards here are really very lax and you really need to have something more solid. if there is one take-away from all of this, 4'9" and 80 pounds. and no, just because the kids is 9 years old, he or she may not be ready to get out of the booster seat. >> you can eyeball it. you're right. they will put it under their arm. >> and don't let them do that. >> watch them. >> the numbers are important and the fit. >> i have a very petite daughter. and we kepter in for a long time because she was not big enough. >> okay. thanks. kids can put a strin a marriage but there is new research that shows having a daughter can make a couple more likely to divorce than having a son. and there is a new twist on why this is. the psychology professor at
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notre dame is reinterpreting a study from 2003 that says couples with a daughter have a 5% greater chance of splitting up. anita kelly said it is not the old-fashioned belief that boys are an as set and girl are a liability. pits daughters are such a strong source of social support and help around the house that women who have them don't need their husbands as much. "jersey shore" star snooki was ordered today to pay a $500 fine. the punishment stems from her arrest on a new jersey beach in july. she was charged with disorderly conduct creating a public nuisance, and annoying others. her lawyer said today that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time. she apologized to police and others who were on the beach. she said it was not a scripted part for her reality show. a lion lunged at a trainer and the video is now on youtube. the video of the september 1
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incident shows one trainer holding a lion down and a second trainer pushing the big cat away. a couple captured the incident on video while they were on their honeymoon. the trainer suffered minor injuries. he needed stitches in one of his legs. we understand the lion is back on display and the trainer is going back to work soon. >> good. more to come on news4. president obama making his case for why the bush tax cuts should come to an end. and washington makes a push to write the bigges
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cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right. a united states bid for the world cup ended today with breakfast at the white house and a trip to fed-ex field. members of the international federation of association football that is known as fifa are on a three-day -- i'm sorry. it's fifa. the nonsports person reading this. they're on a three-day tour. they're looking at potential stadiums for the process to determine whether america would be suitable to host in 2018 or
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2022. washington is among 18 cities in the u.s. the number will be cut to a dozen if the u.s. is successful. >> a lot of crossed fingers and toes. >> fifa would be good. >> that would be huge. >> not to be confused with fica. >> near and dear to our heart as well. >> it is going to be a great day today. speaking of number, and the fica score, you want that to be high. 95 degrees but are we going to see a big change in the forecast order the next couple of days. and that is some very welcome news. what if i told you ladies, this would be the last day potentially for 90-degree weather. >> really? >> yes. i think it could be it. >> it is about time. mark your calendars. september 8th.
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95 degrees in the district. culpepper at 97. the frontal boundary making its way through the region. we saw a little shower south of the district. that's about it. now just clear skies and abundant sunshine and very warm temperatures. 95 right now. 90 in richmond toward the north and west. look at pittsburgh. 73. columbia, ohio, at 77. that's the cooler air that will be making our way into the region tonight. so this evening, a few clouds, warm, breezy. 79 to 85 degrees. winds out of the west at 15 to 25 miles an hour. so breezy tomorrow morning as well. this will be the key here. breezy and cool. light jacket weather. some areas could be down in the low 50s. the district around 61 degrees around the city. as you make your way through the day tomorrow, the temperature around 75 to 78. feeling much cooler. quiet breezy and look at the next four days. 76 on friday. 80 on saturday. 80 on sunday. there we see a good chance for
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some rain during the day on sunday as we move through the next couple days, monday, tuesday and wednesday. temperatures still in the low 80s, even the mid 70s coming up on wednesday. so say goodbye potentially to the 90s. >> do you think this is it? >> looking at the long raininget could be. >> then we're into fall. >> summer is gone. >> love that. all righty! >> when we come back at 4:00, bed bugs in the burbs. >> and just in time for holiday shopping as the temperature drops strks have the prices on some high-tech favorites are dropping as well. for all the latest celebrity buzz in the washington area, sign up for our new entertainment text alert. find out who is in town and where you might get a glimpse of it. ♪
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lcd screens, the price is dropping. they have an excess supply. that could mean lower prices for tvs, computers, any other device that needs an lcd. manufacturers say they may adjust production but it could still mean lower prices this hospital season. the federal government is warning about an alarming resurgence of bed bugs and acknowledge that's solutions to the problem are very limited. it is not just a problem for big urban areas. >> reporter: to peek a kansas. >> how often do you do this? >> every day. >> reporter: in 15 years in the pest control business, he said he's never seen anything like it. >> how much busier are you?
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>> tantamount to up to 40 different job a month. it's really taken off. >> reporter: they cover five states. in just six months -- calls about infestations have gone from about three a week to as many as ten a day. >> we have a guest that has reported possible bed bugs. >> oh-oh! >> i have a case of bed bugs. >> we expected it. we knew it was going to come. when you have a society that travels as much as ours travels, it is only a matter of time. >> reporter: a nationwide exterminating company says ohio is the most infested state in the country and the 15 most infested cities include not only new york, chicago and los angeles, but people sized midwestern cities such as cincinnati interannapolis and loofld and cities from boston to denver. >> we're in the heart of america. and there are bed bugs here just as there are in the big cities.
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>> reporter: many of the chemical pesticides have been banned. here a demonstration of what experts say is one sure way to kill bed bugs. several hours of more than 120-degree heat. >> it is really out of here. the air temperature is about 128. you take a look at the bed bugs we left on the table. they've been here about 90 minutes. and roasted bed bugs. >> reporter: experts say an effective pesticide could be ten years away. until then -- >> we're going to have to develop this consciousness that anywhere we go, whatever we're doing, bed bugs might be there. >> now the environmental protection agency rejected ohio's request for an emergency exemption to use a pesticide that is banned for in home use. the epa said it would consider new information on that. i read another way to do it is to keep your street clothes off your bed. keep your luggage off the bed and keep the bedding off the
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floor. >> okay. a few extra steps. >> or just stay at home. >> we have to travel. i get it. we do. i don't know that the banned pesticide, i don't know that i would want that spray. i don't know if the cure is worse than the problem. >> it sounds like we have a problem. >> coming up, the right move, a new study claims that have discovered the dance steps that make a man more attractive. >> i think the jury is still out on that one. more fallout from political fliers. >> why injuries on the field could have serious consequences in the days and weeks after the accident. lost and found. how this dog was reunited with his owner seven years after disappearing from home.
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leave to it lady gaga to combine raw star power with raw meat. she donned a bikini made of animal inards. some fans love it. some don't. peta is upset saying no matter how beautifully it is presented, flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal. of course she was in town last night for a concert sparking a street scene. fans here in town. scientists in the u.k. say they have identified dance moves that make men attractive to women. researchers say good dancing is a sign of good health and a reproductive potential. during the study, a group of men who were not professionals, they
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weren't professional dancers, they danced to a drum beat on camera. the women rated them on computer generated images on a scale of one to seven. researchers say women associate strong moves and footwork with fitness and health and skillfulness. this supposedly makes them very attractive and potential partners. >> the way the women were reacting to him, i don't think they'll be asking hum out any time soon. still ahead, why parent might want to keep the kids away from facebook while they are studying. and the president sets off a battle over taxes. no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross.
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bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities. we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. we'll keep looking for oil, cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right.
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a new study shows students on facebook could get lower grades than these are not. psychologists in the netherlands said they study 219 students between the age of 19 and 54. the result, typical facebook users had a gpa of 3.0 but nonusers had an average grade point of 3.8. president obama is on his way back from cleveland right now. he faced off with republicans today over the matter of tax cuts. steve handelsman has our story. >> reporter: in the election year fight over taxes, president obama needs voters to know whose
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tax democrats would hike and whose they would cut. >> we are ready this week if they want to give tax cuts to every american making $250,000 or less. >> of all the income tax filings last year, 3% were for those making more than $200,000. >> for any income over this amount, the tax rates would just go back to what they were under president clinton. >> reporter: most small businesses pay individual rates. they say a tax hike would cost jobs. >> the businesses in washington are asking to make the investment and higher new workers are the safety ones going to tax. >> reporter: the president proposed more help for small business. $200 billion in business writeoffs. $100 billion for a research and development tax credit. to make his proposal, the president picked cleveland. home of his top republican critics. house gop leader john boehner.
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>> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus spending coming out of washington. this is not a short term spending measure. >> reporter: the president today went after the republican by name. >> so let me be clear to mr. boehner and everybody else. we should not hold middle class tax cuts hostage any longer. >> reporter: republican tax cuts for millionaires, said mr. obama, is part of what led to the mess we're in. and democrats are claiming we would have to borrow $700 billion more unless taxes on the well off don't go back up. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. that's news4 at 4:00. news4 at 5:00 starts right now. it is the ultimate lesson in forgiveness. tonight a local family is
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speaking out for the first time since their daughter's death saying they do not blame the 80-year-old driver who killed their little girl. >> good afternoon. i'm wendy rieger. i'm pat lawson muse. the 9-year-old died while riding her bike and the family says they don't hold any ill well for the man who was behind the wheel. pat collins is here now in the studio. >> reporter: andy and sandy john speaking out for the first time since their 9-year-old daughter was killed in that bike accident them want people to know their daughter becky was special and how much joy she brought to all the people around her. a grim task for sandy john. today the fairfax police station she picked up her daughter becky's bicycle. the bike the 9-year-old was riding when she was kill nine days ago. for sandy